Memorial Site


Here below we will display messages that we have received from Bob's co-workers
and close personal friends upon the news of Bob's passing.
We have also included messages that we have received from others that liked
to listen to him on the radio or watched him on TV.

Below you will find the newest ones 

- Please keep them coming -

There are 6 pages - see the link at the bottom of each page....

Gavin    I was shattered to read today in Home Cinema Choice the sad news.I always looked forward to reading his column as he loved the technical intricacies as I do. We had many conversation a few years ago about DVD region code cracking as this was my pet hobby-horse.I am sure that like many thousands of others his knowledge and personality will be missed.
Clive Kay
Hi, so sad to hear of Bob's demise. Deep sympathy to all Bob's family and many friends.
I was one of Bob's DJs at Radio Invicta in the 70s. I was always amazed and in awe of his professionalism and technical expertise. He was always kind, understanding and never panicked even when it all went pear shaped or a technical problem reared its ugly head.
Of particular note were the Bank Holiday, 48 hour (genuinely) live broadcasts. One of the first uses that I am aware of for an infra-red link for transmissions! Later when we progressed to live shows at various London venues, the crowds were always appreciative of the professional turn out that echoed the radio station. Both were a wonderful vehicle for the music that he loved so much.
I am sure that were he is now he will be organising the mother all gigs. What a line up - Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, et al. I am sure that if we all "twiddle our aerials" we may just hear Bob's tones doing the intros. 
"Put a dip in your hip, a glide in your stride and some muscle in your hustle."
Phil Sommerville aka 'Dr Shotgun'
Congratulations on such a fitting tribute to Bob, by maintaining his
website.  I was involved in the periphery of Invicta from 1979 until about
1982 and became close friends with Bob.  After my finding work out of the
Mitcham area, our ways parted as Bob's career soared to comparatively dizzy
heights :-)
Occassionally, over the subsequent years, we would bump into each other at
Amateur Radio fairs, (usually ending up sampling the local real ales), or
exchange some light hearted banter on 2M.
But my enduring memories of Bob will always be of his larger-than-life
personality, his sparkling wit and his irrepressible enthusiasm for his
favourite subject - Technology.  To his friends, he was a kind, generous and
gentle hearted man who will be sorely missed.
Andy Woolford aka Paul Scott (Scotty)
It was a true shock to get the message that Bob had left us. I've known him through the mutual interests of radio, music and stereo since the mid-70's. No where in the world have I learned a person with such an attitude. Always friendly,
always optimistic, always enthusiastic. Never ever patronising anybody.
Living in Sweden, we didn't meet all that often. But over so many years we still
kept in touch. And he got quite a few friends over here too... as in many other
countries... I'm aware.
Being in London in November 2000 I met him one night at a pub in Tooting,
Later I sent him an e-mail, telling him how nice it was to see him (what I felt)
so enthusiastic, healthy and powerful. It is therefore so sad to now know I was obviously wrong!
I know all his friends in London will miss him very much. Living so far away,it still
feels like I have lost a truly close friend.
Rest in peace, Boblett!
Dick Gustavsson, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
I worked with Bob for more than ten years - first on Radio 5 (as it was then) and latterly as a contributor for reports on BBC News.  If ever I needed advice on technology stories, he was tirelessly helpful, generous and always good humoured. 
It was therefore a shock to hear of his death on Sky News but not just on a professional level.  He was such a nice bloke and, most recently, helped me choose my DVD player!  Gadget guru to the end.   And after seeing his flat for the first time last year, I'm sure his heavenly abode comes complete with surround sound, remote control and a webcam.
My thoughts are with his family
Sue Nelson
Science Correspondent, BBC News.
I only learned of the premature death of Bob Tomalski on LBC this morning (Wednesday).
My deepest sympathy's go out to his family and friends.
Let me say that come Saturday mornings i would listen intently to his every word when he appeared with Jon Briggs as Inspector Gadget on LBC.
He also gave us great pleasure introducing the latest gadgets on Sky News Technofile programme not forgetting his regular appearance on Sky Digital's .tv programme Roadtest.

Rest In Peace Bob

Some of the older ones...

Dear All readers of this web message
He was a REAL STAR of gadgets on TECHNOFILE he will be missed by all people in meda genaral public alike and Me the writer of this E-mail bob had away with words that we ALL would BOLDLY SEAK NEW GADGETS TO CHANGE AND IMSPIRE US ALL WITH THE WOW FACKTER he realy put the TECH in to TECHNOFILE he will be FILED in the WOW FILE and OOW FILE and AR.
I hope this speaks for all who new BOB and Family

David Hubbard
Bob was wonderful to listen to and even better to work with in our 5
years together at Talk Radio and LBC.  Last year we were working on a
new radio project, which is now sadly destined for my ears only.   

I'll always remember him lugging his big bag of gadgets into the studio
each week and opening it up with such enthusiasm, to show me the latest
gizmo he'd found.  Even when we weren't working and just out for a
drink, he'd bring along something he knew I'd be amazed to see.

He truly was one of the good guys and for me, his talent as a
broadcaster was matched only by his kind, generous (and sometimes deeply
mischievous) nature. ;-)

Goodbye Bob and thanks for everything - I won't forget you!

SEAN BOLGER - Broadcaster & Voice-Over
I worked closely with Bob on Technofile. He was a natural communicator, and
his enthusiasm for the material was obvious -- and infectious. Bob was
always a pleasure to be with; always patient, always cheerful and brimming
with ideas.

I'll never forget the phone calls: "GREETINGS! Bob T here and I've got a
BRILLIANT story!" -- and they always were brilliant, too.

James Weeks
former Producer of Technofile

Regrettably we have never been able to receive TechnoFile here in the USA,
but I used very much to enjoy listening to Bob's Gadget Guru spots on Radio
Netherlands 'Media Network' show.  His passing came as a great shock to me
personally, and I sincerely offer my deepest condolences to his family and

I too am a Londoner, born in 1953 (the same age as Bob), and like Bob, I'm a
little overweight.  My guess is Bob had never previously had any serious
indication of heart problems, and his first attack was massive and fatal.
If it's any comfort to Bob's family, please know that I will now take my own
health a lot more seriously, and that perhaps because of Bob's all too soon
departure, my own family will benefit from my presence longer than might
otherwise have been the case.  I will remember him always.....

Ray Robinson
Los Angeles, California

Really gutted and send my sincere wishes to Bobs Family, will be missed.

Marc Rapley

I never met him yet he was a friend, I never spoke to him yet he was a friend. I only ever watched him do his spot on Sky News Technofile, and could not fail but be enthralled by his infectious banter and natural enthusiasm for the gadgets and technological innovations that he was so brilliant at explaining to the novice and professional alike. I only wish that just once I could have met the man and shared with him some of what he gave to so many, or E-mailed my thanks for many lessons he has taught me over the past twelve months.
I usually never miss Technofile, and only found out about Bobs sad passing recently, his contribution to his field and to the program will be greatly missed, as will he. He will be a hard act to follow should anyone have the courage to try and do so.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Bob's family and his many friends all over the world, they must be devastated, and may he rest in peace and continue to do what he did best wherever he is.
David Berry - Wrexham 
My Deepest Sympathy to all Bob's relatives and Friends. Saturday morning's Technofile will never be the same again.
Mary English, Dublin, Ireland.
Bob was inspirational in my life. From his help with Ham radio to Skyline
Radio, he remained a loyal friend, always with time to spend answering my
many questions. He will be sorely missed. Even so I'm sure he is now
advising higher powers.

Jef Harris
I met bob as a young enthusiastic transmitter engineer and had the pleasure of sharing his enthusiasm and commitment to free radio I feel lucky to have spent many a hour building and running a radio station with him in which he had the ability to touch so many peoples heart.
I can not believe your gone but you will never be forgotten!!!!!!!!
                 Bye bob (tweakey) from  Alan (adcroft) singleton
PS the home office still want to interview me.
Just a note on behalf of all the crew at Radio Netherlands. We were
extremely saddened to hear the news and we all feel a loss. Bob was a
regular contributor to Media Network on Radio Netherlands, from the days
when he was one of the voices on the pirate station EMR...European Music
Radio. His love for technology shone through and he made a big impact in the
jurno press by being brutally honest and fair. We'll miss his laugh and his
passion for radio.

Our tribute page is at

Lets celibrate a life that gave a lot of people around the world a great
deal of fun. It is cruel that it was so short.

Jonathan Marks

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